Lake Atitlán Guatemala – Your Ultimate Guide!

Lake Atitlan - Backpacking Guatemala Guide

Lake Atitlán is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen.  Blue water, volcanoes, and indigenous Maya villages dotted around the lake make for a peaceful and fascinating stay!  Just two and a half hours from Antigua, Lake Atitlán is a highlight of any trip to Guatemala, alongside Antigua, Tikal, and Semuc Champey. […]

Orange Walk Belize – Start Your Belize Adventure Here!

Mayan reuins in Orange Walk

If you are wondering where Belize is located, it is a relatively small country, nestled to the South of the Yucatan region in Mexico, and to the East of Guatemala.  The only official English-speaking country in Central America, I was intrigued to see how Belize differed from its Spanish speaking neighbours.  Travelling South from Mexico, […]

Tikal Sunrise: Camping at Tikal Guatemala

Tikal Mayan Ruins in Guatemala - Backpacking Guatemala

Tikal Guatemala is the most impressive Mayan ruins I have seen so far, compared to others like Lamanai in Belize for example.  Tikal National Park comes close to Machu Picchu in grandeur, although sadly there is no viewpoint to overlook Tikal, partly because it is surrounded by jungle!  This vast Maya site is actually closer […]

Semuc Champey Tour in Guatemala

Semuc Champey Guatemala - Finding the Best Hostels in Semuc Champey

Semuc Champey Guatemala is one of the highlights of most people’s visit to Central America.  Beautiful turquoise pools amid the lush Guatemalan jungle certainly is a sight to behold.  However, as a visit to Semuc Champey requires a 2-day detour between Antigua and Flores in northern Guatemala, if you are on a tight schedule think […]

Lamanai Mayan Ruins in Belize

One of the first activities I did in Belize was a tour to Lamanai from Orange Walk.   These are Mayan ruins in the heart of northern Belize, known for impressive architecture and incredible setting on the edge of the New River Lagoon.  Usually accessed by a boat tour, I was excited to get my first […]